The 2020 Champions League final is set to go off at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. But of course, it isn’t an ordinary Champions League final. It was supposed to be played in Istanbul, Turkey. But the global COVID-19 pandemic forced UEFA to move to Lisbon for the final eight, which was a single-match knockout game instead of the usual two-legged ties.
However, we are still getting two quality sides as Bayern Munich from Germany will take on Paris Saint-Germain from France. This will be Bayern Munich’s 11th appearance in the Champions League final, and first since 2013. Meanwhile, this is PSG’s first trip to the Champions League final, and they come in as the underdogs to lift the trophy. PSG won’t be afraid of Bayern, but can they take down the German giants and win their first Champions League title? Also, both teams will be playing for a treble as Bayern Munich and PSG have won their domestic leagues, as well as their domestic cups.
The 2020 Champions League final goes off on Sunday, August 23rd at 3:00 PM ET. You can watch it on DAZN, who holds the exclusive rights to the Champions League.
Find the odds for this match at Bovada, along with a host of interesting soccer props for the 2020 Champions League final.
Bayern Munich (2020 Champions League Final Odds of -200 to lift the trophy)
Bayern have been rampant in the Champions League, winning all six of their group matches by a score of 24-5. They moved on to Chelsea, winning 7-1 over two legs before putting on the performance of the tournament in an 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona. Bayern swept aside Lyon 3-0 in the semifinals behind two goals from Serge Gnabry, giving him nine in the competition. Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski leads the way with 15 goals in nine games, and he also scored against Lyon. Bayern is now ranked first in the UEFA club rankings and the deserved soccer betting favorite for this match.
Offensively, Bayern can hurt you in so many ways going forward. Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich are always threatening down the flanks. There, they can link up with some combination of Gnabry, Ivan Perisic, Kingsley Coman and Phillippe Coutinho. They can also go through the middle, where Thomas Muller links up well with Lewandowski, arguably the best striker in Europe. If there is a weakness against Bayern, it is at the back. Jerome Boateng is doubtful for the 2020 Champions League final with a muscle injury. Niklas Sule came in for him at halftime of the Lyon match, but Sule could be targeted by PSG.
As for injuries, Boateng is the only worry for Bayern manager Hans Flick. He took over from Niko Kovac in November, and was named the manager for the rest of the season in December. Bayern Munich hasn’t looked back since.
PSG (2020 Champions League Final Odds +165 to lift the trophy)
PSG rolled to the top of their group with five wins and a draw, outscoring the competition 15-2. They edged Borussia Dortmund 3-2 over two legs in the round of 16, then needed a late comeback to defeat Atalanta 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat scored in a 3-0 win over Red Bull Leipzig to make it to the final. PSG is a very interesting sports betting underdog in this contest.
Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi are tied for the lead in Champions League goals with five. But as usual, the key going forward is the mercurial Neymar. The Brazil star has three goals and four assists in six Champions League games and when he is on form, there aren’t many players in the world who are better than Neymar. He is a player that receives a lot of attention, which opens up space for Mbappe, Di Maria and the rest of their attacking players. Marquinhos has scored two goals in two games from midfield, while Ander Herrera works hard for the team beside him. Like Bayern, PSG’s biggest questions come at the back, where Presnel Kimpembe partners Thiago Silva. This will be Silva’s final match for PSG as his contract is over and he’ll be free to move on. There will be a lot of emotions for the PSG captain. Thilo Kehrer can also expect to be targeted by the Bayern attack at right back.
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has a few more injury worries. Midfielders Marco Verratti (calf) and Idrissa Gueye (muscle) are working to be fit for Sunday’s game. However, the major concern is goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who missed the Leipzig win with a hamstring injury. Sergio Rico was solid enough, but for the 2020 Champions League final, Navas would be a huge upgrade. He also has a lot of experience in this game as Navas won three Champions League finals with Real Madrid. Tuchel is confident that Navas will be ready for Sunday.
Who Will Win The 2020 Champions League Final?
Both teams will come into this game with plenty of momentum. However, there isn’t much to lean on in terms of head-to-head meetings. The last time they faced each other was in the group stage of the 2017-18 Champions League. PSG won 3-0 at home, while Bayern returned the favor with a 3-1 win in Munich. Many of the main players are still with the two teams, and everyone should be very familiar with each other.
PSG’s biggest path to victory is if Neymar and Mbappe can run at the Bayern defense, who like to use a high line. That means there is lots of space to run in behind for Mbappe, in particular. He’ll look for passes from Neymar and Di Maria. It would be a big blow if Verratti can’t play as he can make those line-breaking passes from midfield. Also, PSG has showed a certain poise that they haven’t always had, but that will be tested against the German champions.
In the end, however, Bayern are too strong from front to back. They’ve been the best team in Europe all season. Bayern Munich should be able to hold off PSG for their sixth Champions League win.